Mayor to talk Chicago politics at Northwestern

Rahm Emanuel speaking as part of university's One Book One Northwestern program

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November 27, 2012|By Erin Vogel @eringejuice | For RedEye

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going back to school this week--to his alma mater Northwestern University, where he received a master's degree in speech and communications in 1985.

On Wednesday, Emanuel will deliver his "Chicago Politics and the 2012 Election" speech at 4:30 p.m. in the Ryan Family Auditorium at Northwestern's Technological Institute in Evanston. The mayor's speech is part of One Book One Northwestern, an annual campus-wide reading program that encourages incoming Northwestern students to read a book chosen by a faculty committee. It is sponsored by the university's office of the president, which sends out a free copy of the year's chosen book to first-year students the summer before they start classes, and organizes lectures, films and discussion groups centered on the book's themes.

This year's chosen book is "Never A City So Real," by Alex Kotlowitz, a Northwestern faculty member and author of "There Are No Children Here." Kotlowitz delivered a keynote lecture for the program in October. With Kotlowitz's book, a series of vignettes about Chicago, many of the related events and discussions are attempts to explore Northwestern's connection with the city.

University spokesman Alan Cubbage said Emanuel was an obvious choice to offer his perspective on the issues brought up by the book because of his significant role as the city's 55th mayor.

"If you want someone to provide insight about how the city really works--into Chicago's issues, its politics--you'd be hard-pressed to find somebody better than Mayor Emanuel," Cubbage said. "It's great to welcome him back."

For more on Emanuel's speech or the One Book One Northwestern program, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2012/11/mayor-rahm-emanuel-to-speak-on-campus.html.

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